About the Series

VN Rao held a series of 6 lectures every alternate day around his considerable work in translating classical Indian texts. He talks about the relevance of understanding Indian texts in the light of the oral traditions Indian languages have evolved from. He presents us with new ways of looking at our culture and reading these texts.
Part of the Nauras lecture series in collaboration with Sahapedia.


Oral Traditions in Indian Literatures: Velcheru Narayana Rao (1 of 6 BIC Masterclass)

The Concept of Author in Indian Text Culture: Velcheru Narayana Rao (2 of 6 BIC Masterclass)

Land, Pastoralism & Trade: Velcheru Narayana Rao (3 of 6 BIC Masterclass)

Translation: Problems and Possibilities – VN Rao (4 of 6 BIC Masterclass)

Impact of Colonialism: BIC Masterclass with VN Rao (6 of 6)

About Velcheru Narayana Rao

Velcheru Narayana Rao taught Telugu and Indian literatures for thirty eight years at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also taught at the University of Chicago, and he recently retired as the Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory. He has written more than fifteen books, many of them in collaboration with David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Textures of Time: Writing History in South India, in collaboration with David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, (New York: Other Press, 2003), Girls for Sale, Kanyasulkam: A Play form Colonial India ( Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007), and How Urvasi Was Won, a translation of Kalidasa’s Vikramorvasiyam, in collaboration with David Shulman, (Clay Sanskrit Library, 2009), are among his recent works.

Narayana Rao’s work spans many areas of cultural and literary history. Some of his ideas and perspectives, especially related to the early modernity, and the Oral communities are very unique. He is currently translating the 16th century classical Telugu text Parijatapaharanamu (Theft of a Tree) with Prof. Harshitha Kamath for the Murty Library of Classics.